The written assignment will be used to access the Critical Thinking and Communication Skills Learning Outcome core curriculum requirements of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB). A copy of the assessment rubric designed to satisfy THECB requirements is provided by clicking on the assignment in Blackboard. Once you click on the actual assignment, you will be able to review the rubric. The rubric used to grade the assignment is based on a 100-point scale. The rubric may be found under the “Resources” tab in Blackboard.
Write a three-to-five page essay containing the following:
An example of a proper in-text citation is: (Davis, p. 18, 2018). An example of a proper citation in your Works Cited page is: Davis, Terri and James P. Nelson, The Texas Constitution: The People, History, and Government of the Lone Star State, Lamar Literary Press, 2017. An example of in-text citation of the instructor’s video lecture is: (Davis, “The Federal Judiciary”) with citation also provided in the Works Cited section. Failure to provide in-text citations will result in major point deductions in the grammar section of the assignment rubric.
Note: The topics studied in Module 4 including the Texas Constitution and Texas government may not be one of the three topics you select for written assignment discussion. Discussion of a Module 4 topic will result in an automatic 20-point deduction in your written assignment grade.
Correct grammar, capitalization, punctuation, complete sentences, and CITATION of your sources is required. Textbook readings with page numbers (or chapter headings and subheadings for digital textbooks without page numbers) and textbook citation; lectures or video instruction (title and presenter/author of the video); and outside scholarly research must be included in your assignment.
Wikipedia/Encyclopedia/Dictionary/Spark Notes and other similar sources are NOT allowed and will result in an assignment score of zero. Failure to submit the assignment by the deadline will result in a grade of zero for the overall written assignment grade. Citations must be provided in both the body of your essay and in a “Works Cited” section at the conclusion of your essay. Also note that references to court cases must be italicized (Brown v. Board of Education) or underlined (Brown v. Board of Education). If you are using internet citations, you MUST include the FULL URL, title, author (if available) and access date.
Your written assignment should be typed and double spaced with 12-point font and one-inch margins top, bottom, and side. Political Science as a field has adopted the APSA Manual of Style; however, you are free to use the citation style adopted by your major department or the style used in your English composition courses (MLA or other style). Regardless of citation style, all sources must be properly, thoroughly, and consistently cited. When citing a URL, you must have the full URL, title, author, date of publication, and access date. Careful attention to grammar, spelling, and the mechanics of presentation is expected. Wikipedia is not a reliable source of information. Any citation of Wikipedia, Dictionary.com (or any Dictionary related website), E-Encyclopedia (or any Encyclopedia website), american-historama.org, Ask.com, bensguide.gpo.gov, biography.com, Cliff Notes, Collegeamericangovernment.org, ConstitutionalCenter.org, Constitutionfacts.com, Constitutionlaws.com, Constitutionus.com, Constitutionweekusa.com, gunlaws.com, history.com, judiciallearningcenter.org, infoplease.com, legaldictionary.net, legallanguage.com, nationalparalegal.edu, presidentialsystem.org, procon.org, Quimbee.com, quotationspage.com, Reference.com, scholastic.com, Shmoop.com, Socialstudieshelp.com, Softschools.com, Spark Notes, Study.com, thepoliticalguide.com, thoughtco.com, totallyhistory.com, USA.gov, USconstitution.net, UShistory.org, UShistoryscene.com, USlegal.com, The Bible, Vocabulary.com, youtube.com, Major Motion Pictures/Netflix Shows or TV series, Book Reviews, or anything similar in a term paper or other assignment in this course will result in an automatic score of 0 (zero) on the assignment.
Scholarly resources would include journal articles, books, and objective news organization websites. Scholarly sources are REQUIRED for this paper, you need 3-5 sources BEYOND your textbook, lectures, etc. Remember, your sources should support the points in your paper.
American political culture liberty personal freedom
economic freedom political equality economic equality
democracy political efficacy Articles of Confederation
Shay’s Rebellion Federalists Anti-Federalists
“auxillary precautions” separation of powers federalism
“power map” Articles I, II, III, V, VI Bill of Rights
Alexander Hamilton James Madison John Marshall
Judiciary Act of 1789 jurisdiction original jurisdiction
appellate jurisdiction district courts appellate courts
Supreme Court en banc John Roberts
judicial review 13th, 14th, 15th Amendments NAACP
Thurgood Marshall stare decisis “Little Rock Nine”
“freedom of choice” plans “white flight” the “black codes”
monarchy republic oligarchy
representative democracy majority rule minority rights
direct democracy totalitarianism elite theory
pluralist theory C. Wright Mills social capital
Robert Putnam John Locke Magna Carta
social contract Declaration of Independence Thomas Jefferson
Articles of Confederation confederation Virginia Plan
New Jersey Plan Great Compromise Three-Fifths Compromise
separation of powers checks and balances federalism
enumerated powers reserve powers Supremacy Clause
The Federalist Papers amicus curiae briefs selection of federal judges
writ of certiorari rational basis test strict scrutiny
white primaries Jim Crow laws de facto segregation
de jure segregation Seneca Falls Convention 19th Amendment
“glass ceiling” Indian Reorganization Act LULAC
USA DREAM Act Americans with Disabilities Act
civil right – civil liberty (definition and distinction between the terms)
Marbury v. Madison Dred Scott v. Sandford Brown v. Board of Education
Plessey v. Ferguson Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Lawrence v. Texas
Shelley v. Kramer Harper v. Board of Elections Shelby County v. Holder
Elks v. Wilkins Mendez v. Westminster Arizona v. U. S.
Korematsu v. U. S. Obergefell v. Hodges
dual federalism enumerated powers implied powers
Adam Smith John Maynard Keynes laissez faire economics necessary and proper clause commerce clause Tenth Amendment
reserve powers doctrine bicameral legislature House of Representatives
Senate apportionment districting and redistricting
Speaker of House Senate majority leader Senate minority leader
House majority leader House minority leader establishment clause
ratification of the Bill of Rights due process clause “selective incorporation”
1st, 2nd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 8th Amendments exclusionary rule clear and present danger
prior restraint (or no prior restraint) Miller test exclusionary rule
probable cause self-incrimination eminent domain
right to privacy doctrine of “implied” powers apportionment
bicameralism politico model pork barrel politics
classic legislative process filibuster
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